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China in the Shadow of Mao with Terril Jones

The Claremont Chinese Political and Societal Studies Club presents a talk by Professor Terril Jones, who will be reflecting on his first trip to China when Chairman Mao Zedong died on Sept. 9, 1976.

September 9, 2016 2:30pm to 4:00pm
As the founder of modern China, Mao Zedong was a towering figure of the mid-20th century. Forty years after his death he is still revered, his body lying in state on the must-visit list for millions of Chinese tourists each year to Beijing. Busts and lapel buttons of the Chairman are popular souvenirs, and Mao Zedong Thought is frequently referenced in slogans and editorials. In a China very different from the one Mao left upon his death, is there a role for Mao in China's continuing modernization? Does China accurately portray his legacy and contributions? Is the memory of Mao relevant in 21st Century China? 
Terril Jones was a teenager visiting China when Mao died on Sept. 9, 1976. His observations of the public mourning for Mao and of the Chairman's funeral fueled a life-long interest in China, to which he returned a dozen times as a visitor and as a reporter before an assignment as a China correspondent for Reuters from 2010-2013. He will speak about his memories being in China in 1976 and share photos from that visit, and add some thoughts on Mao in China today.
Terril Jones teaches international journalism in CMC's government department. He first visited China in September 1976, and later as a journalist for The Associated Press eight times between 1982-1989. He was based in Beijing as a correspondent for Reuters from 2010-2013, covering stories from the Chinese banking system, Chinese consumers and consumer companies, and domestic politics and foreign relations including the fall of Bo Xilai and the trial of Wang Lijun, the escape and release to the U.S. of Chen Guangcheng, the 18th Party Congress, the Chinese military and U.S.-China military cooperation, China-North Korea ties, and the plummeting relationship between China and Japan. He also was a Tokyo correspondent for the AP for nine years, Paris correspondent for six years, and was a United Nations correspondent and International Desk editor in New York. Other assignments included multinational corporations and the auto industry for Forbes magazine and the Los Angeles Times, and technology correspondent in Silicon Valley for the L.A. Times.
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